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Winter 2017 Competition:


1st Place Winner

I Thought You Said You Were Going To Party
mixed media/found objects
47 x 26 x 7
1650. usd

artist statement

I am a Contemporary Artist specializing in a wide-range of art and styles. My works are described as colorful, thought provoking, unique and original. My artwork is also available in galleries throughout Illinois. My wish is to continue to create beautiful but also fun works of art fueled by passion and imagination. My style has been referred to as whimsical, unique and on the funky side.... like me!


artist bio

I was a Senior Designer for 15 years...a lifetime ago. I was trained at the American Academy 1972-73 in illustration. 

I am truly humbled. I was asked by the Humanity Committee to have my work used for Landfill Arts new project. Out of 1040 artists 60 pieces were picked. My hubcap was the 1st recycled piece I ever made!



I am participating in Rockfords ArtScene with 12 pieces Oct.-for 6 months 2016

"I March To My Own Beat" Is going on exhibit at Water Streets Studios for their 7th Anniversary exhibit

"I March To My Own Beat" will be published in in Art & Beyongs Cover Competiton I won the back cover Aug. 2016

"Leapin' Lizards Makes My Hair stand Up!" is on exhibit at The Willow creek Church Aug.-Oct. 2016

16 of my pieces are on display and for sale at The Room Of Fox Valley Batavia 2016-

"In God We Trust" & "Home Of The Free Because Of The Brave" were on exhibit at Water Street Studios June 2016

"With A Banjo On My Knee" was on exhibit at 4th Fridays At The Starline Gallery April 2016

"Howdy Partner" was on exhibit at the Old Courthouse In Woodstock February 2016

"I'm Horny" & Stop In The Name Of Love" were in the Side Street Gallery Exhibit February 2016

I ressurected my "Wall Dancer" art dolls October 2015

"Strung Out is on exhibit at the Freeport Art Museum- October-present

"With Love & Respect", I Have A Monkey On My Back," "Aye Carumba" & "Celebrate...Rejoice & Remember" are on exhibit at the Old Courthouse In Woodstock-present October 2015

"Fez Who???" was on exhibit at Fez Fest- September 2015

"With Love & Respect" is on exhibit at the Old Courthouse In Woodstock-September-present 2015

"Strung Out" & "Weave Me Be" were finalists in the "Nothing But A Dream Competition September 2015

"Strung Out" won 2nd place in the Off The Grid Competition  August 2015

"Strung Out" was in the Willow Creek Exhibit August 2015

Solo exhibit At The Martini Room April-May 2015

Published in Healing Power Of Art April 2015

Published In Manhattan Arts International One of the 35 artists out of 1070 selected for April 2015

"Strung Out" was on exhibit for the "Womens Works" March-April 2015

"Stop All TheViolince" won Honorary Mention at the Starline Gallery In Harvard January 2015

"I Have A Monkey On My Back" won Honorary Mention at the Starline Gallery In Harvard January 2015

I had a solo exhibit at the Starline Gallery in Harvard August 2015

My artwork was selected for a Portfolio Feature in the West vs Midwest Issue of Artist Portfolio Magazine. June 2014

"Stop All TheViolince" won Honorary Mention at the Starline Gallery AND "Leapin' Lizards Makes My Hair Stand Up" won the Peoples Choice Award  May 23rd 2014

"Chinese GNU Year won Honorary Mention at the Starline Gallery April 18th 2014

"Eggsistential: Do I Eggsist" The 4Art Inc Gallery Unique group exhibition of handcrafted Ostrich Egg Art March 2014 

Art & Beyond Studio I won one of the The Publisher Choice Awards to be published and promoted in their March/April issue 2014

I was published in San Francisco vs Chicago issue of Artist Portfolio Magazine March 2014

"The Apple Doesn't Fall Far..." was on exhibit in the "Who We Aren't" exhibit at Union Street Gallery  

"With Love & Respect"was on exhibit February 2014

"OMG! Oh Party Gras" A group exhibit at the 4Art inc gallery. My pieces for this exhibit were"Party Gras", Surely You Jest!" & I'm Horny" February 2014

My artwork has been selected for a Portfolio Feature in Issue 17 of Artist Portfolio Magazine. San Francisco vs ChicagoJanuary 2014

I was published in Hidden Treasure Art Magazine November 2013

My "Makin' Purty Music" won 1st Place Award in the Harvard Gala Masquerade Ball Exhibit I will have a solo exhibit in August 22nd 2014

Centerline Exhibit at the Zhou B Art Center My "With Love & Respect" was included in this exhibit September 2013

"Shattered Mirror Exhibit at 4Art Gallery- group exhibit Sept. 2013

Martha Stewarts American Made People's Choice Award Winner August 2013 

Art & Beyond Studio I won one of the The Publisher Choice Awards to be published and promoted in their July/August issue 2013

I was published in International Contemporary Artists May 2013

I was contacted by Carolyn Graham Edlund & Carolyn published my artist profile on the Arts Business Institute blog 2013 

Art & Beyond I won one of the The Publisher Choice Awards to be published and promoted in their May/June issue 2013

I was on the front cover of Doll Maker's Magazine In Russia April 2013

My work was at 4Art Inc Gallery in the well known Zhou Bros. Art Center January 2013-May 2014

I won one of the The Publisher Choice Awards to be published and promoted in Art & Beyond's January/February issue 2013

Beverly Art Center Exhibit "I Have A Monkey On My Back" was on exhibit January 2013

Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Award

I was chosen as the American Made Artist Audience Choice Award Winner November 2012

"Wanna Play? exhibit at The Union Street Gallery "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far..." was on exhibit October 2012

I was chosen to be an Emerging Artist On Art Jury. October 2012    

Six pieces of mine were published in the Contemporary Sculptor table book September 2012 

My hubcap was one of the featured hubcaps in an article with Ken Marquis of Landfill Art with E-Junkie.Info September 2011

2011:  The "KeRicTures" were born. They are 28" whimsical greeters. A collaboration I do with my husband. 

I was asked to be a part of the Landfill Art Project. Ken Marquis asked me to be one of his 1041 artists to do my work on a hubcap. Showing trash can be turned into masterpieces. It will be a traveling exhibit and table book. May 2010.



Keri Joy Colestock

keri joy colestock
Pingree Grove, Illinois [USA]

art scene today Q & A

Q: Where do you see yourself in the art scene today?
A: I find myself 'morphing' quite often where my work totally switches gears. I keep it new but my style definitely can be seen in it. They know it's a Keri!
Q: What is in your inspiration?
A:  I did not like being told that things are "impossible!" So obstacles caused my inspiration.
Q: What are your challenges?
A:  Lyme Disease caused terrible brain damage. And so many other physical disabilities but you do not let them dictate your life. Staying in bed sick was not an option. 1500 original pieces & still going!
Q: How did you/do you choose your medium?
A: I was so inspired by Ken Marquis & his landfill idea about taking discarded hubcaps turning them into masterpieces. I was hooked! I go to flea markets for my 'treasures.' Sometimes as soon as I see a piece I know what I am going to do & what it's name is!
Q: Which artist has influenced you the most?
A: The artist whose work floored me when I was a very young artist was Michaelangelo. But I can go on listing so many.

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